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Anu Malik & Anand Raaj Anand
Javed Akhtar & Anand Raaj Anand
Ajay Devgan, Bobby Deol, Kelly Dorji, Tanisha, Nandana Sen, Suniel Shetty, Sanjay Dutt
By Ronak Kotecha
What happens when eminent producers, illustrious actors and celebrated directors come together? A Big film comes into the existence and also, attracts attention from all corners of the industry, even before it hits the floors. That is exactly what happened with Tango Charlie. A true Big banner film with a massive star cast, Tango Charlie is a male dominated film with some quintessential action heroes like Ajay Devgan, Bobby Deol, Sanjay Dutt(Special Appearance) and Suniel Shetty(Special Appearance) with little scope for their feminine counterparts doing the usual two songs and a scene bit.
With Anu Malik, Anand Raaj Anand and Javed Akhtar, Tango Charlie certainly seems to be very sound, musically of course, and this is apparent as the makers are sprucely dishing out great tracks, one after the other.
“Odhni Odhli” is an exemplary Indian song with melody in abundance. This Anand Raaj Anand composition thrives on a congenial tune, great vocals of Udit Narayan and Mahalaxmi Iyer, conventional orchestration and momentous lyrics. One of those tracks that are instantly likable and can rake huge fame and appreciation from the masses.
Anand Raaj Anand only gets better with “Ek Diwani Ladki”, which is a youthful track with nuances of tender love and innocuous impishness between the two lovers. Shreya Ghoshal and Shaan are the finest choices as they crisply as well as tunefully convey the required verve in this perky track. Javed Akhtar is at his usual best as he juggles with the enchanting terms that complete the expression.
Anu Malik enters the music scene and keeping in tune with the groovy compilation already initiated by Anand Raaj Anand, Malik too keeps the melodic momentum going with “Kya Bataoon Dil Ruba”, but with his own fondle that consists of sophisticated orchestration. Udit Narayan and Alka Yagnik only better the composition, but somehow, the track takes its own time to grow on you rather than just hitting off at the very first encounter, like the previous two.
An instrumental of this track features on the other side of the tape.
An instrumental of “Odhni Odhli” gracefully concludes the Side A of the tape, but not before leaving an impact due to its reminiscent flute and saxophone play.
The King of tragedies – Sonu Nigam, stirringly executes a patriotic sort of a song about a war and its dire consequences. Anand Raaj Anand fails to put up an enormously exquisite tune, but the track has its own pros in the form of significant lyrics that very appropriately convey the situation.
Solemnly and slowly, the album moves into an intense number “Dheere Dheere”. Sonu Nigam and Shreya Ghoshal croon this duet with extreme sensualities to express romance and idealism. Once again, with an apt use of the instruments like piano etc, Anand Raaj Anand manages to create a track that reminds of the seasoned classics of yesteryear.
Anu Malik concludes the album with an average track “Akkad Te Bakkad”. The track is total male domain with Udit Narayan, Kunal Ganjawala, Kailash Kher and Vijay Prakash who sing for the on-screen heroes of different ages.
In totality, Tango Charlie is musically better than its contemporaries are. However, most surprising is to see Anand Raaj Anand completely outmaneuver Anu Malik with his compositions and reconfirm that he is an extremely able and gifted composer and what he really needs, is a good setup.